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Kenyan farmers cut tilling to raise yields, store carbon

Kenyan farmers cut tilling to raise yields, store carbon | my universe | Scoop.it

 BUNGOMA, Kenya (AlertNet) – In the west Kenyan village of Siilila, 27-year-old Geoffrey Wanjala and other members of his farmers’ group are trying out a way of working the land that avoids ploughing and releasing the carbon dioxide stored in the soil. So far it is also cutting their costs and boosting yields.


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Maplecroft | Climate change and lack of food security multiply risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries – Maplecroft

Maplecroft | Climate change and lack of food security multiply risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries – Maplecroft | my universe | Scoop.it
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Tobacco plant may be key to Ebola drugs

Tobacco plant may be key to Ebola drugs | my universe | Scoop.it
The tobacco plant is being used by pharmaceutical companies to create vaccines and drugs. Learn more about tobacco biopharming.
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Development: Time to leave GDP behind

Development: Time to leave GDP behind | my universe | Scoop.it
Gross domestic product is a misleading measure of national success. Countries should act now to embrace new metrics, urge Robert Costanza and colleagues.
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At Austin airport, Wi-Fi predicts how long the security line will be

Using signals from passengers' devices, the system collects data that can help travelers plan ahead.
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should every traffic light have that? would it save energy and peoples nerves?

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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 | my universe | Scoop.it
Climate commissioner hails ‘strong signal’ ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary
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Your coastal town's climate score? There's a website for that

Your coastal town's climate score? There's a website for that | my universe | Scoop.it
Australia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster…
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Lawsuit Against Bush and Blair for War Crimes? International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis

Lawsuit Against Bush and Blair for War Crimes? International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis | my universe | Scoop.it

... The conference represents the most powerful and most current organized attempt in the world to bring justice to those responsible for the catastrophe in Iraq, ...

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The Next Green Revolution - National Geographic Magazine

The Next Green Revolution - National Geographic Magazine | my universe | Scoop.it
Can science prevent our next food crisis?
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Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops | my universe | Scoop.it
Corn, watermelon, and peaches were unrecognizable 8,000 years ago.
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Billige Lebensmittel treiben Angst vor Deflation

Billige Lebensmittel treiben Angst vor Deflation | my universe | Scoop.it
Rekordernten lassen weltweit die Preise für Mais, Sojabohnen und andere Agrarrohstoffe sinken. Das hat Folgen für die Weltwirtschaft.
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NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years

NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years | my universe | Scoop.it

Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes.

The new generation batteries also have a long lifespan of over 20 years, more than 10 times compared to existing lithium-ion batteries.

 
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There is 3 Percent Less Energy in our Gasoline Supply with Added Ethanol | Big Picture Agriculture

There is 3 Percent Less Energy in our Gasoline Supply with Added Ethanol | Big Picture Agriculture | my universe | Scoop.it
I cannot figure out why there isn’t a greater backlash from the U.S. citizen about our nation’s ethanol policy. While the world’s food and agricultural journalists are in a constant toot about food waste and how to prevent it, they don’t seem to notice that we are wasting the production from some of the best farmland in the world, the American Midwest, by burning massive amounts of corn for fueling our vehicles.
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yep, not much to add. 

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At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law | Quanta Magazine

At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law |  Quanta Magazine | my universe | Scoop.it
A potent theory has emerged explaining a mysterious statistical law that arises throughout physics and mathematics.
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Ferns communicate to decide their sexes

Ferns communicate to decide their sexes | my universe | Scoop.it
Older generations release pheromones to balance the sex ratio in youngsters.
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"Nature" magazine news on a "Science" magazine article which can be found here:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6208/469

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Can Genetics and Breeding Do for Cassava What They've Done For Corn?

Can Genetics and Breeding Do for Cassava What They've Done For Corn? | my universe | Scoop.it
Bill Gates explores non-GMO genetic research boosting corn and cassava yields.
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts - IEEE Spectrum

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts - IEEE Spectrum | my universe | Scoop.it
Big-data boondoggles and brain-inspired chips are just two of the things we’re really getting wrong
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How gut bacteria ensure a healthy brain – and could play a role in treating depression

How gut bacteria ensure a healthy brain – and could play a role in treating depression | my universe | Scoop.it
One of medicine’s greatest innovations in the 20th century was the development of antibiotics. It transformed our ability to combat disease. But medicine in the 21st century is rethinking its relationship…
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Plant disease epidemics: different dynamic patterns – varying impacts on food security

Plant disease epidemics:  different dynamic patterns – varying impacts on food security | my universe | Scoop.it
  by Serge Savary & Laetitia Willocquet Plant diseases seldom receive attention beyond the agricultural production supply chain. Exceptions are dramatic or threatening events, such as the ...
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Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola

Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola | my universe | Scoop.it
The efforts of this small country and its doctors are putting America’s contributions to shame.
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Food

Food | my universe | Scoop.it

It takes more than 40 different species to make a simple lunch (tuna sandwich on whole wheat, potato chips, iced tea, and an apple). You’d be surprised to know how far some of the ingredients have traveled. As shoppers and as eaters, we play a critical role in shaping what ends up on our plate and why. Informed choices keep us healthy and help protect ecosystems around the world — along with all the species, including humans, that depend on them.

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How Much Energy is Required to Grow and Harvest Various Crops and How Much Does it Cost? | Big Picture Agriculture

How Much Energy is Required to Grow and Harvest Various Crops and How Much Does it Cost? | Big Picture Agriculture | my universe | Scoop.it
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Open Letter to EU Ministers for Education

BRUSSELS, October 14, 2014 

Dear Ministers,

As stewards of Europe's future generations, you will be all too aware that as early as the age of 7, children reach a critical juncture, when they are learning the core life skills of reading, writing and basic maths. However, to flourish in tomorrow's digital economy and society, they should also be learning to code. And many, sadly, are not......"

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Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

"In this paper, we examine the evolution of the impact of non-elite journals. We attempt to answer two questions. First, what fraction of the top-cited articles are published in non-elite journals and how has this changed over time. Second, what fraction of the total citations are to non-elite journals and how has this changed over time. 
We studied citations to articles published in 1995-2013. We computed ....."

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